Apple App Store update moves tipping to in-app purchase territory

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With the revamped App Store, users are now notified whenever developers launch new features for their favorite apps.

Developer Johnny Lin drew attention to the app after noticing it had become a top earner despite it coming from a developer without a high reputation. Due to this many users use to ignore the app review prompts.

"It was really eye opening and shocking to see the wrong types of behavior being rewarded like that", says Lin.

The most recent Pepe debacle was sparked after a certain game by app/game developer Spirit Realm Games posted an entry on the App Store known as Pepe Scream, which was taken down prompting the publication site to do even more research on the matter. From here, find the In-App Ratings & Reviews menu, where users should see a switch. So instead of going the obvious route and asking how much storage you have on your phone, I'm going to go a more app-specific way. If you didn't manage to catch the three-hour-long keynote, here are the highlights.

More people are falling for this than you might think, too.

The new features in iOS11 are surely a move to help drive sales in a market that has slowly been stagnating of late, but also to help deliver on Apple's promise that the iPad is a viable laptop replacement.

Gruber argued that Apple needs to reassess "the effects of allowing developers to buy their way to the top spot in search results".

The iOS 11 features a redesigned App Store.

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To be fair, search is a new frontier for Apple. According to a blogger on Medium website, scammers have now chosen smartphone application stores to target users by fraudulently making you pay money.

The senior vice president of Apple, Philip Schiller, said in an official press release, "Together with our incredible developer community, we've made the App Store the best app platform in the world, and more than 500 million unique customers visit it every week".

"They're taking advantage of the fact that there's no filtering or approval process for ads, and that ads look nearly indistinguishable from real results, and some ads take up the entire search result's first page", wrote Lin.

To learn how this could be, Lin installed and ran the app, and was soon prompted to start a "free trial" for an "anti-virus scanner" (iOS does not need anti-virus software thanks to Apple's sandboxing rules for individual apps).

Now tipping is only allowed via buying virtual coins from WeChat via Apple's payment system.

For consumers, Lin suggests reviewing your subscriptions.

Aside from changing its developer policies, Apple could do a lot to improve the usability of in-app subscriptions.

From there you can manage everything from payment to your subscriptions.

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